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Graduate Catalog 2002-2004


Admission Requirements and Procedures

Admission of United States Students
Admission of International and U.S. Resident Alien Students
Readmission
Documentation Requirements and Test Information
Application Evaluation Charges
Retention of Application Materials
Changing Admission Date After Initial Admission
Academic Fresh Start
Types of Admission
Deferred Admission
Denied Admission
Special Admissions Programs
Graduate English Skills Program
Graduate Student Advisement
Registration Schedule
Restrictions on Admission

The requirements set forth in the following pages are the minimum standards required for admission to the Graduate School. Meeting them does not guarantee acceptance into a departmental degree program because most departments have admission standards more stringent than the minimum. Applications for admission must be made on official forms available upon request from the Office of the Dean of Graduate Studies in Room 333, Davis Hall, by calling 817-272-2688 or by download from http://grad.uta.edu. In addition to the minimum requirements, most departments recommend that potential applicants arrange a personal interview with the appropriate Graduate Advisor before applying to the Graduate School.

The admission policies of the Graduate School and the academic departments of The University of Texas at Arlington comply with standards established by Texas law in HB 1641. Specifically, performance on a standardized test is not the sole criterion for consideration of an applicant for admission or competitive scholarships or as the primary criterion to end consideration of an applicant. Other factors, including the quality of an applicant's academic preparation, relevant experience, commitment to the field of planned study, multilingual proficiency, and socioeconomic background (to the extent that it can be identified)) may also enter into these decisions. This law does not apply to standardized tests used to measure the English language proficiency of a student who is a graduate of a foreign institution of higher education.

Official notification of the admission decision is issued by the Office of the Dean of Graduate Studies and is sent by the Graduate School directly to the applicant. While information received from the graduate program to which an individual has applied may be important and useful, such information does not constitute official notice of admission into Graduate School or into a graduate program at The University of Texas at Arlington.

This catalog is a general information publication only. It is not intended to nor does it contain all regulations that relate to students. The provisions of this catalog do not constitute a contract, express or implied, between any applicant, student or faculty member and The University of Texas at Arlington Graduate School or The University of Texas System. The University reserves the right to withdraw courses at any time, change fees, rules, calendar, curriculum, degree programs, degree requirements, graduation procedures and any other requirements affecting students. Changes will become effective whenever the proper authorities so determine and will apply to both prospective students and those already enrolled.

Students are held individually responsible for complying with all requirements of the rules and regulations of the University and the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System. Failure to read and comply with policies, regulations and procedures will not exempt a student from whatever penalties the student may incur.

Admission of United States Students

Admission into the Graduate School requires: 1) a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a satisfactory grade-point average; 2) satisfactory academic standing at the last institution attended; 3) an acceptable and current score on the aptitude tests of the Graduate Record Examination or the Graduate Management Admission Test, as specified by the department or program to which application is being made; 4) demonstration through previous academic performance of the potential for graduate work in the chosen field; and 5) acceptance into a departmental program. Some departments may have additional requirements. See the departmental requirements for this information.

An applicant holding a degree or degrees from a university in the United States should file an application form (available from the Graduate School) and the following credentials at least 90 days prior to the beginning of the semester or summer session in which the student plans to register: 1) official transcripts (as defined in the section titled "Official Transcripts, Records and Test Scores") of all undergraduate and graduate college work previously taken (an applicant who has attended U.T. Arlington previously within five years as an undergraduate or special student must submit in person or by mail a request to the U.T. Arlington Registrar to forward to the Graduate School copies of all previous college transcripts on file in the Registrar's Office); 2) scores on the aptitude tests of the Graduate Record Examination, or Graduate Management Admission Test if required in place of the GRE; 3) three letters of recommendation completed according to the instructions accompanying the official application form; and 4) a nonrefundable application evaluation charge of $30 submitted with the original application. *Without exception, this fee must be received before processing of admission materials can begin.

Some graduate programs may set deadlines for admission or consideration of applicants for graduate assistantships that are earlier than general deadlines established by the Graduate School. In particular, the School of Social Work has set March 15 as the deadline for considering new applicants for the following fall semester. Spring applicants for Social Work should observe the application deadline in the Graduate School calendars. For any other potential deadlines, individual graduate programs should be consulted.

*U.S. applicants who have enrolled in academic institutions outside the United States are required to pay the international application evaluation charge of $60 (U.S.).

Calculation of the Grade-Point Average for Admission Purposes

The grade-point average for admission to the Graduate School at The University of Texas at Arlington will be calculated according to Texas law and the policies and procedures of the Graduate School. Calculation of the grade-point average for admission purposes will be based on the last two years of courses from the bachelor's degree transcript, on a 4.0 scale. This means that the last (approximately) 60 hours of the bachelor's degree transcript will be used in the grade-point calculation.

The following will not be included in grade-point calculation:

  1. courses completed at junior or community colleges
  2. courses completed by examination or correspondence
  3. incomplete grades or withdrawals
  4. pluses and minuses
  5. personal improvement courses such as private music lessons or activity courses in physical education
  6. graduate courses or any courses completed in graduate student status
  7. courses in which the grade is a P, pass, credit, satisfactory or other such designation

Quarter-hours will be converted to semester hours. Ninety quarter- hours equal 60 semester hours.

In cases in which an applicant has repeated courses, the grade-point calculation will include all grades earned in the course.

An applicant may have undergraduate courses taken subsequent to completion of the bachelor's degree considered in the grade-point calculation by making a written request to the Graduate School at the time the application for admission is submitted.

For an applicant who applies pending receipt of the bachelor's degree, the grade-point calculation will include all senior college and university work completed to date. The grade-point average will not be recalculated upon receipt of the degree.

International applicants and others with degrees earned outside the United States should see the grade-point calculation information under Admission of International Students and Resident Aliens.

Admission of International and U.S. Resident Alien Students

Admission into the Graduate School requires: 1) a bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. college or university or it's foreign equivalent, with a satisfactory grade-point average; 2) an acceptable and current score on the aptitude tests of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), as specified by the department or program to which application is made; 3) an acceptable and current score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or on the Test of Spoken English (TSE) if the applicant's native language is not English and if he or she does not hold a bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degree from an accredited U.S. institution (minimum score on the paper-based TOEFL is 550; minimum score on the computer-based TOEFL is 213; minimum score on the TSE is 40. Some departments or programs may require higher scores); 4) demonstration through previous academic performance of the potential for graduate work in the chosen field; 5) acceptance into a department or program. Some departments have additional requirements. See the departmental graduate degree program listing for details; and 6) filing of the international student and resident alien application form and supporting documentation. International applicants should consult the "registration and Orientation for International Students" section in this catalog and the International Student Advisor in the U.T. Arlington International Office for registration regulations.

Application Deadlines and Required Materials

An international or U.S. resident alien applicant should file an application for admission and the following materials at least 120 days prior to their expected date of enrollment: 1) international applicants must submit a non-refundable application evaluation charge of $60 U.S. Resident alien applicants pay a lower evaluation charge of $30 U.S. only if the applicant has never enrolled in a foreign college or university, 2) one, but preferably two, official copies of marksheets, diplomas or transcripts (as defined in the section titled "Official Transcripts, Records and Test Scores) of all undergraduate and graduate coursework, 3) official GRE or GMAT test score as specified by the department or program of application to which application is being made, 4) official TOEFL or TSE test score, if applicable (see #3 above); 5) three letters of recommendation; 6) financial and/or immigration documentation as specified in the application instructions.

Calculation of the Grade-Point Average (GPA) for International and Resident Alien Students

The calculation of the GPA for international applicants and U.S. resident aliens who have earned degrees from colleges or universities in the United States follows the policies and procedures for U.S. applicants. The diversity of marksheets and transcripts from foreign universities requires flexibility in calculating approximate equivalents of U.S. GPAs. Generally, GPAs for applicants with foreign degrees are calculated using the final grade for courses taken in the last 2 years of the applicants' undergraduate program. For an applicant who applies pending receipt of the bachelor's degree, the GPA calculation will include final course grades for the last 2 years of undergraduate work available at the time the application is submitted for processing. All grades are converted to the U.S. 4-point scale, pluses and minuses, graduate courses, and personal improvement courses such as physical education are not included in these calculations.

Readmission

A student previously enrolled in The University of Texas at Arlington Graduate School who wishes to resume graduate work after an absence of a fall or spring semester or longer (summer excluded) should file in the Graduate School an application for readmission at least 40 days before the beginning of registration for the semester in which he/she wishes to resume graduate work. If the student has taken any courses at another institution during concurrent enrollment at U.T. Arlington or during the time the student was not enrolled in the Graduate School, official transcripts showing all such courses must be submitted to the Graduate School. Former students wishing to change their graduate major or program upon readmission should consult the section entitled "Change of Graduate Major or Program" in this catalog. Those who wish to apply after an absence of five years or more should expect to complete a new student application and may contact the Graduate School for additional information.

Documentation Requirements and Test Information

Required Official Transcripts, Marksheets, Diplomas and Test Scores

A Graduate School admission decision cannot be rendered until official U.S. transcripts or foreign country transcripts or marksheets and diplomas are received. Unattested, notarized or fax copies of U.S. transcripts, foreign country transcripts, marksheets, diplomas, test scores and other academic records are not acceptable for processing purposes. Also unacceptable are records bearing the designation of "student copy," "issued to student," "applicant copy," "unofficial copy" or other similar designations. Documents meeting the criteria described below will be accepted by the Graduate School for admission purposes. Those that do not are unacceptable and may prevent or cause delays in admission processing.

U.S. Transcripts

Official transcripts from U.S. institutions are those mailed directly to the Graduate School by the Registrar or responsible head of the institution at which the work was attempted or completed. One, but preferably two, official transcripts are requested.

Foreign Country Transcripts or Marksheets and Diplomas

Official foreign country transcripts, marksheets and diplomas are those bearing the original seal of the institution and the original signature of the Registrar or responsible had of the institution. Those not issued in English must be accompanied by an exact word for word original English translation bearing the original university or translation agency attestation. At least one, but preferably two, copies official transcripts or marksheets and diplomas are requested. They may be sent directly to the Graduate School by the institution or by the applicant.

Test Score Reports

Official test score reports for the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), and Test of Spoken English (TSE) are issued by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) and sent by ETS directly to the Graduate School.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

An applicant for admission to the U.T. Arlington Graduate School may be required by some programs to submit scores on the aptitude tests of the Graduate Record Examination or the Graduate Management Admission Test. Some programs also may require a score on the GRE subject test in the major field. Such requirements, if applicable, are stated under the individual departmental or program requirements in this catalog.

Information bulletins and test application forms can be obtained from GRE-ETS, Box 6000, Princeton, New Jersey 08541-6000. U.S.A., through their Web site at www.gre.org, or from the Assessment Services Office of The University of Texas at Arlington. The GRE General Test may be taken in computer-based administrations. The GRE Subject Tests are administered in paper-and-pencil version in November, December and April. Year-round computer-based testing is available in Arlington and at more than 200 test centers in the United States. U.T. Arlington is an approved GRE Subject Test site. Applications must be received by the Educational Testing Service approximately one month in advance of each test; therefore, an applicant should secure the information bulletin and application form at least six weeks in advance. A minimum of six weeks should be allowed for examination results to reach the University. ETS retains GRE scores through September 30 following the fifth anniversary of the test date. Although scores up to five years old may be available, some programs may not accept scores more than two years old.

For more information, access the GRE Web site at www.gre.org.

Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)

The Graduate Management Admission Test score is evaluated by graduate programs in the College of Business Administration. Exceptions to this requirement are the doctor of philosophy in business administration and the graduate programs in economics and health care administration, which accept the GRE as well as the GMAT. Information bulletins and test application forms can be obtained from GMAT-Educational Testing Service, Box 6103, Princeton, New Jersey 08541-6103, U.S.A., or from the Assessment Services Office at The University of Texas at Arlington.

Applicants must take the Computer-Adaptive Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT CAT) unless they are testing in one of the countries where the computer-based testing site network is incomplete. In the United States, U.S. Territories, Puerto Rico and Canada, the GMAT CAT must be taken. The GMAT CAT is offered three weeks per month, six days per week throughout the year at one of approximately 400 computer-based testing centers in North America and selected international cities. Students registering in the United States, U.S. Territories, Puerto Rico or Canada may register by telephone (1-800-GMAT-NOW) or online at www.gmat.org if using a credit card. If paying by check or money order, students may register by mail by completing sections I and III of the Registration/CBT Voucher Request Form in the GMAT Information Bulletin.

For more information, access the GMAT Web site at www.gmat.org.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and Test of Spoken English (TSE)

An applicant whose native language is not English must submit a score of at least 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or a score of at least 213 on the computer-based test, or a minimum score of 40 on the Test of Spoken English (TSE-A). The graduate program in Biology requires a minimum score of 40 on the TSE. Official TOEFL scores more than two years old are not released by the Educational Testing Service; therefore, an applicant who has taken the TOEFL more than two years before the semester for which the applicant is applying must retake it. TOEFL score reports bearing the designation "Applicant's Copy" are not considered official scores for admission purposes. An applicant holding either a bachelor's or a master's degree from an accredited U.S. college or university is not required to submit a TOEFL score. Any other waivers of the TOEFL score requirement must be recommended by the applicant's Graduate Advisor and approved by the Dean of Graduate Studies. The Test of Spoken English (TSE-A) can be substituted for the TOEFL. The TOEFL and the TSE-A are administered at various centers in the United States and abroad several times each year.

In July 1998, Educational Testing Service introduced computerized testing for TOEFL examinees in the United States, Canada, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Australia and selected countries in Asia. Additional countries will be phased in, and the computerized test is expected to replace the current paper test by the year 2001.

Before being appointed to an assistantship at U.T. Arlington, a student whose native language is not English must submit an acceptable score (45 or higher) on the Test of Spoken English-A (TSE-A). An applicant who is a non-native speaker of English and who may wish to be considered for an assistantship should take the TSE-A before arriving in the United States and have the score sent to U.T. Arlington. Score reports submitted directly by the student or those marked "Student Copy" or "Applicant's Copy" are not considered official and will not be accepted by the University. The holding of a degree(s) from a U.S. college or university does NOT exempt from this requirement assistantship applicants who are non-native speakers of English. The TSE is administered at TOEFL test centers around the world. Applicants should register for TSE-A (for teaching and research assistant applicants). Note: If the TSE-A is taken and an acceptable score is achieved, the TOEFL is not required.

The SPEAK examination is offered on the U.T. Arlington campus at various times during the year. A satisfactory score on this examination may be used for the Test of Spoken English-A (TSE-A) requirement. This examination may be taken in cases in which the student has come to U.T. Arlington without having taken the TSE-A and wishes to be considered for a graduate assistantship. Cost and time necessary for scoring the SPEAK examination are comparable to those for the TSE-A. Contact the Assessment Services Office for administration dates and other details.

Application forms and information bulletins for the TOEFL and the TSE-A may be obtained from the Educational Testing Service, Box 899, Princeton, New Jersey 08541 U.S.A., through the TOEFL Web site at www.toefl.org, from American embassies and consulates and offices of the U.S. Information Service, or from the Assessment Services Office at The University of Texas at Arlington. The application procedure is similar to that previously described for the GRE.

For more information on the TOEFL and the TSE-A, access the TOEFL Web site at www.toefl.org.

Developmental English Program

Students who do not achieve scores on the TSE-A or SPEAK sufficiently high enough to satisfy the English proficiency requirements for graduate teaching assistants must enroll in the Developmental English Program and be certified for English proficiency. This 10-week program offered by the U.T. Arlington English Language Institute emphasizes accent reduction and oral presentation skills needed by teaching assistants. Registration is in 402 Hammond Hall, and the charge is $460, payable at the time of registration. Contact the English Language Institute at 817-272-2730 for details, including current class schedule and charges.

Other Admission Tests

Other tests, such as the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) and the Test of Spoken English (TSE), may be required in addition to the GRE, GMAT or TOEFL for admission to certain graduate programs. Individual departmental and program descriptions should be consulted for this information.

Application Evaluation Charges

An application evaluation charge is required of all applicants. Payment must be received before processing can begin. There are no exceptions to this policy. An applicant who chooses not to enroll in the semester in which he or she was originally accepted may request to change their admission date without charge (see below).

U.S. Application Evaluation Charge

A non-refundable charge of $30 is required of all U.S. citizens and resident aliens who have completed all of their college or university studies in the United States. A $60 evaluation charge will be required if an applicant has completed undergraduate or graduate coursework while enrolled in institutions located outside of the United States.

International Application Evaluation Charge

All international students and any other applicant completing a degree or coursework at institutions outside of the United States are required to pay a non-refundable $60 U.S. application evaluation charge.

Retention of Application Materials

Application materials become property of The University of Texas at Arlington and cannot be returned. Completed applications, transcripts, marksheets and diplomas, test scores and all application records for students who do not register in the semester for which they applied are retained by the Graduate School for one year.

Changing Admission Date After Initial Admission

Applicants who do not enroll in the semester for which they applied, may request an "update" form titled "Request to Change Admission Date" if they wish to enroll at a later time. Applications are thoroughly re-evaluated to ensure that they are complete and current when such requests are made. Payment of an application evaluation charge is not required for a change in the admission date if the form is submitted to the Graduate School within one calendar year of the registration date of the semester in which enrollment was initially intended. If a third enrollment date is sought, an application evaluation charge will be required ($60 U.S. for students with foreign documents, $30 U.S. for U.S. students). After obtaining this new enrollment date, the applicant may update their application one more time before an additional application charge will be required. A person must reapply (complete a new application, submit new copies of transcripts, marksheets, diplomas, test scores, letters of reference, and all other required materials ) to the Graduate School and pay the appropriate evaluation charge if more than a year has passed since initial admission or the last update.

Academic Fresh Start

Undergraduate Programs

Applicants for undergraduate admission who are Texas residents may seek to enter U.T. Arlington under provisions of the "academic fresh start" statute, Section 51.931 of the Texas Education Code. When applicants inform U.T. Arlington admissions officials in writing of their decision, U.T. Arlington will not consider in the admissions decision any academic course credits or grades earned 10 or more years prior to the starting date of the semester in which the applicant seeks to enroll. Applicants who decide to apply under this statute may not receive any course credit for courses taken 10 or more years prior to enrollment under academic fresh start.

Postgraduate/Professional Programs

Applicants who have earned baccalaureate degrees under the "academic fresh start" statute, Section 51.931 of the Texas Education Code, and who apply for admission to a postgraduate or professional program will be evaluated on only the grade-point average of the course of work completed for that baccalaureate degree and the other criteria stated herein for admission to the postgraduate or professional program.

Types of Admission

After an applicant's credentials have been evaluated by the Graduate Advisor in the applicant's major area and by the Dean of Graduate Studies, the applicant will be notified by letter from the Dean of Graduate Studies of: 1) acceptance under one of the categories of admission listed below; 2) denial of application; or 3) deferral for reasons listed in the notice. An acceptance letter will be issued by the Dean of Graduate Studies stating conditions for admission and period of validity of the acceptance. Applicants who have not received an admission notification one week prior to the beginning of classes for the semester for which admission is sought should contact the Graduate School for information concerning the status of their application.

Unconditional Admission

An applicant who meets all requirements is normally granted unconditional admission.

Probationary Admission

An applicant who does not meet all requirements for unconditional admission nevertheless may show promise for successful graduate study and, upon recommendation of the appropriate Committee on Graduate Studies and approval of the Dean of Graduate Studies, may be granted probationary admission. Special course requirements or other conditions may be imposed by the Committee on Graduate Studies in the student's major area and/or by the Dean of Graduate Studies. A student in probationary status may not hold an assistantship or be admitted to candidacy for any graduate degree.

Provisional Admission

An applicant unable to supply all required documentation prior to the admission deadline but who otherwise appears to meet admission requirements, upon recommendation of the appropriate Committee on Graduate Studies and approval of the Dean of Graduate Studies, may be granted provisional admission. Complete and satisfactory credentials must be received by the Graduate School before the end of the semester in which the student has registered in a provisional status. A student will not be permitted to enroll in the Graduate School with a provisional status for more than one semester. Provisional admission does not guarantee subsequent admission on an unconditional basis. A student admitted on a provisional basis may not hold an assistantship until unconditional admission status has been achieved. International applicants residing outside of the United States at the time of application may not be admitted on a provisional basis.

Special Students

A person who wishes to take graduate courses at The University of Texas at Arlington but who does not plan to pursue a graduate degree may be admitted as a special student with approval of the Dean of Graduate Studies and concurrence of the Committee on Graduate Studies in the area in which the applicant wishes to study. In most cases, admission as a special student will be granted only for the purpose of participating in special graduate course offerings, or for taking courses to be transferred to another institution. Under normal circumstances, a student who has been denied admission to or been dismissed from the Graduate School will not be permitted to enroll as a special student.

An applicant for special student admission must submit a completed "Special Student Application" form, available from the Graduate School, and official transcripts of previous college work showing evidence of an undergraduate degree and, if applicable, a graduate degree. Special student admission status is granted for the semester for which the application is submitted. Further enrollment as a special student must be approved on a semester-by-semester basis. Special students may not hold graduate assistantships or enroll in research, thesis, internship or dissertation courses.

A former or currently enrolled special student who wants to apply for admission to a graduate degree program must submit a regular Graduate School Application for Admission form, all supporting documents listed in the Admission section of this catalog, and the appropriate application evaluation charge. Admission as a special student in no way guarantees subsequent unconditional admission into a graduate program or into the Graduate School. Credit earned as a special student in graduate courses (5000 and above) may be applied to a degree program only with approval of the appropriate Committee on Graduate Studies; however, no more than 12 semester hours of work earned as a special student may be applied to a graduate degree at The University of Texas at Arlington, subject to the Grades of Scholarship conditions on page 31 of this catalog. A grade in any course taken as a special student will be considered in computing a student's graduate grade-point average.

Deferred Admission

If an applicant does not present adequate evidence of meeting admission requirements, the admission decision may be deferred until records are complete. The applicant will be sent an Admission Deferral Notice specifying the data that must be provided or the work that must be completed before the application will be reconsidered. The application may be reactivated within one calendar year from the date for which the original application was submitted by returning the Request to Reactivate Application that accompanied the Admission Deferral Notice. International students should consult the section on International Application Evaluation Charge for charges for re-evaluation of application records.

Denied Admission

Applicants denied admission to Graduate School may not take or reserve graduate courses for graduate credit. Applicants may reapply for admission if the deficiencies in credentials that led to denial are remedied. Applicants denied admission may ask the Graduate Advisor in the program to which they applied or ask the Graduate School about the deficiencies that led to the denial.

Special Admissions Programs

Advanced Admission of Outstanding Undergraduates

Upon the recommendation of the Graduate Advisor, outstanding graduates of The University of Texas at Arlington may be admitted to a master's degree program by advanced admission. To qualify, the student must meet the following minimum requirements:

  1. The student must have graduated from a commensurate bachelor's degree program at U.T. Arlington no more than one academic year prior to the semester for which admission to a graduate program is sought. A commensurate bachelor's degree program is one that is a normal feeder program for the master's degree program to which the student seeks admission. Undergraduate students in their final year of study are also eligible; in such cases, advanced admission is conditional upon successful completion of the bachelor's degree.
  2. 2. The student's grade-point average must equal or exceed 3.5 in each of three calculations: (a) the grade-point average as calculated in the Graduate School for admission purposes; (b) all work completed to date; and (c) all U.T. Arlington advanced undergraduate work in the commensurate program, based on at least 30 semester hours of work.

Students who qualify for advanced admission will be admitted directly to the Graduate School without completing the normal application procedures. Students who believe they may qualify for this program should contact the appropriate Graduate Advisor. Some programs may require a higher grade-point average to qualify. Not all graduate programs participate in Advanced Admission of Outstanding Undergraduates.

Waiver of the Graduate Record Examination

Upon recommendation of the Graduate Advisor, outstanding U.T. Arlington graduates may qualify for waiver of the requirements for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). To qualify, the applicant must meet the following minimum requirements:

  1. 1. The student must have graduated from a commensurate bachelor's degree program at U.T. Arlington no more than three academic years prior to admission to the graduate program (as measured from the start of the semester for which admission is sought). A commensurate bachelor's degree program is one that is a normal feeder program for the master's degree program to which the student seeks admission. Undergraduate students in their final year of study are also eligible; in such cases, admission with the GRE waiver is contingent upon successful completion of the bachelor's degree.
  2. 2. The student's U.T. Arlington grade-point average must equal or exceed 3.0 in the following calculations: (a) as calculated for admission to the Graduate School; (b) overall; (c) in the major field; and (d) in all upper-division work.

The applicant must comply with all other requirements for admission, i.e., submitting the application for admission, paying fees, providing official transcripts from other institutions, and meeting any requirements established by the admitting graduate program. The GRE waiver must be recommended by the Graduate Advisor at the time of admission. The waiver of GRE program applies to applicants for master's degree programs only. Some programs may require higher grade-point averages to qualify. Not all graduate programs participate in the GRE waiver program.

Graduate English Skills Program

The Graduate English Skills Program comprises an intensive English course designed for international students who have been accepted to the U.T. Arlington Graduate School provisionally because of low verbal admission scores.

The program focuses on improving English language skills in the areas of academic writing, reading/research skills, note taking from academic lectures, accent reduction and oral presentations. Instruction includes technological support materials and the access and use of e-mail and the Internet in all skill areas.

International students must receive a provisional admission from the Graduate School at U.T. Arlington and permission from their graduate departments to enroll in the Graduate English Skills Program to remove their English deficiencies.

Students who receive permission to enroll in the program are tested in writing, reading, speaking and listening. Based on the outcome of placement tests, the English Language Institute will recommend to the graduate departments the areas where each student needs improvement. A student may be required to take no further English or as little as one skill area up to a maximum of three skill areas (four hours) per day. Students studying less than four hours of English per day may be allowed by their department to enroll in some graduate courses as well.

At the end of a semester, students take exit exams. Based on the outcome of the exam and the student's work during the semester, the program coordinator will recommend to the graduate department that the student enroll for all graduate courses or continue studying English. Most students complete their English requirements in a semester. A full tuition for the Graduate English Skills Program is $2,750 per semester ($1,750 in summer). Tuition also may be scaled to two-thirds or one-third if less than a full program is taken.

For more information, contact the Program Coordinator at the English Language Institute, Box 19560, Arlington, Texas 76019. Phone: 817-272-6014. Fax: 817-272-2731.

Graduate Student Advisement

After being admitted, students should confer (preferably in person) with the Graduate Advisor of their major area to become familiar with specific departmental regulations, particularly those that require additional examinations upon entrance. After receiving registration materials, students should consult with the Graduate Advisor in the major area at the time and place indicated in the registration instructions regarding details of registration, course program and other procedures. It is important that a student wishing to take courses for graduate credit consult the appropriate Graduate Advisor before registering, as each student's program of work must be approved by the Graduate Advisor, the Committee on Graduate Studies, the student's supervising committee and the Dean of Graduate Studies. Failure to consult with the Graduate Advisor could result in the student's enrolling for courses that are not applicable toward meeting graduate degree requirements.

Registration Schedule

Students should be familiar with all dates on the Graduate School calendars printed in this catalog. Specific registration instructions are published by the Registrar several times each year and should be consulted for procedures, dates and deadlines.

U.T. Arlington offers both telephone and Web registration. Students may also use these systems to check their eligibility to register and to check open class sections. To register on the Web, students should access www.uta.edu, click on "students" and follow the instructions. To register by telephone, students should call 817-272-2SAM.

For more information, consult the current Schedule of Classes or access www.uta.edu/schedule.

Restrictions on Admission

General Restriction

U.T. Arlington may limit the number of students accepted in some programs if the number of applicants exceeds capacity of available facilities.

Faculty Members

Members of the U.T. Arlington faculty holding an appointment at the rank of instructor or above may not pursue a graduate degree at the University.

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